Why build a pediatric services program in Kalispell?
Many Montana children leave the state for medical care every year. Kalispell Regional Healthcare is committed to helping Montana’s families get the care that they need here at home instead of having to travel out of state.
- This not only saves these Montana families the cost of travel, lodging and higher charges for care in other states, it also gives them comfort knowing their neighbors are caring for their children.
- Keeping these families in Montana keeps the revenue and jobs for these services in the state.
- Bringing together our multidisciplinary staff specifically trained in the medical, emotional and developmental needs of children, along with specialized equipment, is critical to the successful care of our children.
What does the pediatric services program include?
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
- With equipment designed for premature babies and a hospital staff specially trained in the care of these infants, the level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit provides specialized treatment for little ones who are 24 weeks gestation or older.
- Since the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit was established in 2008, many newborns have received lifesaving care.
- KRH recently added pediatric subspecialty care in surgery, neurology, anesthesiology, ophthalmology, ENT, neonatology, cardiology, gastroenterology, hematology/oncology, endocrinology and hospitalist services.
- Our pediatric subspecialists travel to other Montana counties to provide outreach clinics in those areas.
What will be in the new facility?
- 12-bed Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
- 12-bed Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
- Dedicated pediatric operating room
- Two C-section operating rooms
- Dedicated staff and family support space
- Ample space for expanded services
Families are integral to pediatric patient care. Ample space will allow for family respite or education areas on the patient unit and amenities within the patient rooms to support parenting other siblings, running the household from the hospital and continuing to work. Good sleeping accommodations, space to store personal items, a work surface and internet access will be vital for parents.
The building design will create an efficient environment for health care workers by eliminating unnecessary steps, considering the movement of people, providing spaces that are highly flexible and connecting easily to the main hospital.
What pediatric family support services will be offered?
In addition to medical care, pediatric patients and families often need additional support services, especially if they are traveling to Kalispell from outside the area.
KRH plans to provide:
- Travel and lodging assistance
- Psychosocial support and case management
- Educational support
- Financial counseling
- Support groups and programs
- Food vouchers
- Summit Medical Fitness Center passes for family members
- Child care for siblings
What won’t KRH be able to provide?
- Care for third-degree burns, or those requiring a burn unit
- Pediatric heart surgery
What is the construction timeline and cost?
The project will be developed in phases, with phase 1 completing the first floor and phases 2 and 3 completing the second and third floors, respectively. Total square footage is estimated to be about 190,000.
- Construction for phase 1 is slated to begin approximately in August 2016. The project is expected to take 20-24 months.
- The addition will be located on the east side of Kalispell Regional Medical Center, currently where the parking lot is located. Those parking spaces will be relocated elsewhere on campus.
- KRH is sensitive to the parking and traffic concerns of our patients, visitors, employees and surrounding neighbors. Every effort will be made to mitigate traffic and provide additional options for parking.
- The estimated cost of the project will be about $40 million. The project is planned to be funded through financing and donations.
What is this new facility expected to achieve?
Photos courtesy of HKS Inc. Architecture
- Keep Montana’s children close to home for medical care and alleviate the financial burden of traveling out of state for medical care.
- Allow KRH to recruit and retain the necessary talent to deliver a high standard of pediatric care.
- Develop a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.
- Consolidate children's services into a comprehensive pediatric service line.
- Provide a wide variety of subspecialty care for all children of Montana.